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Metallica at The O2 Arena in 2008. From left to right: Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield and Robert Trujillo.
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Heavy metal, thrash metal, hard rock, speed metal
Years active 1981–present
Labels Elektra, Vertigo, Megaforce, Universal Music, Warner Bros.
Associated acts Bob Rock, Megadeth, Echobrain, Spastik Children, Leather Charm, Exodus, Trauma, Flotsam and Jetsam, San Francisco Symphony, Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne, Suicidal Tendencies, Lou Reed
Members James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Robert Trujillo
Past members Ron McGovney
Dave Mustaine
Cliff Burton
Jason Newsted

Metallica is an American thrash metal/heavy metal band. The band came together in Los Angeles in 1981 and helped to invent the thrash sub-genre of heavy metal. They are well known for many of their songs, including "Master of Puppets", "The Unforgiven", "One", "Enter Sandman", and "Nothing Else Matters." Since then, they have become one of metal's most popular and successful bands, and have sold over 100 million albums worldwide. The band's fifth album, Metallica, has sold over 21 million copies, making it the twenty-fifth biggest selling album of all time in America.

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